You don’t have time to pray. I get it. I really do.
Moms are busy women, and when we hear about other women spending hours of time on their knees in prayer, we get a little jealous. Or maybe we feel inadequate.
Stop beating yourself up! First, I think God understands moms. He knows we have soccer practices to get to, little noses to wipe, and dinners to cook. He knows we’re on the run from six in the morning to eleven at night (at least it seems that way).
I’m not suggesting your ignore your prayer life, but relax your expectations. There will come a day when your kids are grown that you will have more quiet time to spend in prayer.
But for now, what is a busy mom to do? If it’s not OK to neglect prayer, how are we supposed to squeeze it into our already busy days?
I don’t claim to have a perfect solution, but here are a few prayer tips for busy moms that have worked for me over the years.
Use a Prayer Journal
Last week I wrote about how I use my prayer journal. It really helps me keep my prayer life organized. Even if I am not able to spend a lengthy amount of time in prayer in the morning, my prayer journal helps me focus my prayers throughout the day.
For instance, on Saturdays, when I make it a point to pray for my church, if I have a free moment, I might say a short prayer for my pastor, that God would work through him as he preaches the sermon. Using a prayer journal helps me take advantage of my prayer time by helping me focus. I don’t waste time wondering what to pray about.
Pray in the Car
I pray in the car frequently. Why? Because I spend a lot of time in the car. I’m always running the kids to soccer practice or band practice or preschool. After I drop the kids off, I usually have a good ten to twenty minutes alone in the car before I get home or reach my next destination. That is the perfect time to pray! Just don’t close your eyes. And ignore the people who stare at you, because they think you’re talking to yourself.
Hmmm. Perhaps I should make a bumper sticker that says, “I’m talking to God.”Even busy moms can find time to pray with a little creativity.Click To Tweet
Let Prayer Be the Last Thing You Do
One of my favorite times to pray is when I’m laying in bed at night. Yes, it’s the end of the day, and I’m usually exhausted. I use this time to thank God for the blessings he’s given me throughout the day. Yes, I usually fall asleep in the midst of my prayers, but is there any better way to end the day than with the praises of God running through my mind? I think not!
Lock Yourself in the Bathroom
You moms out there know that sometimes it’s difficult to find a place where you can be alone with God. That’s why I try really hard to wake up before the kids are up.
But what is a frazzled mom to do when it’s the middle of the day and she feels like she’s going to lose it with the kids? That’s when I lock myself in the bathroom and pray that God help me regain perspective. When I’m angry with the kids, I pray that God would prevent me from sinning in my anger.
The bathroom is the perfect place for those five minute emergency prayer situations. You know what I’m talking about.
When you have young children, finding dedicated time for prayer can be difficult. Do the best you can with the time you have, and don’t beat yourself up about what you aren’t able to do. Eventually children grow up, and you will have more time to dedicate to prayer.